Cynthia Akinsola

Cynthia serves as the Recruitment Coordinator and Payroll Administrator at the STRIVE Recruitment Ontario office. Her role involves managing the recruitment processes and ensuring smooth payroll administration.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a Postgraduate diploma in Human Resources, which provides her with a solid foundation for work in HR and recruitment.

Outside of work, she enjoys watching Korean movies and listening to music, as well as exploring new places and spending quality time with her family.

Veronica Gardiner

Veronica is our Account Manager within the Ontario Manufacturing & Operations division for STRIVE Recruitment. She brings over eight years of experience in the Industrial & Manufacturing and Professional Admin industries Veronica joined STRIVE Recruitment to continue her career path within the recruitment industry and build genuine relationships with clients and candidates alike.

She prides herself on building and nurturing professional relationships and has come to STRIVE to make a difference. With her many years of experience working in a fast-paced environment and extensive recruitment knowledge, she will be able to help clients and candidates find the perfect fit. In Veronica’s spare time, she can be found surrounded by her family, playing volleyball or reading. She is also an absolute foodie who loves to be in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

Oksana Chanas

Oksana is a Practice Lead at the Ontario office, where she manages the Operations team and provides recruitment solutions for both temporary and permanent roles for various manufacturing and logistics companies. After completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brock University and a postgraduate diploma in human resource management, she took to the recruitment industry, where she’s gained over 5 years of experience specializing in industrial recruitment all over Southwestern Ontario.

She is an avid traveller, who loves to explore new places and cultures. When she’s not jet-setting around the world, she can be found playing beach volleyball, snowboarding, and spending time with my friends and family.

Desmond Hynes

Des is our dedicated Recruitment Specialist who manages all temporary/contract aspects within the Manufacturing & Operations division. After completing his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Business Management at Dublin Business School, he began his career in recruitment. Starting as a Recruitment Coordinator managing over 1300 temps within a Big Four bank, he has accumulated over 5 years of experience spanning from Dublin to Vancouver.

When he’s not working he can be found outside playing sports such as Gaelic football or soccer, hiking or snowboarding. He also loves travelling and hanging out with friends at Vancouver breweries.

Jose Carmona

Jose is our Account Manager within the Manufacturing & Operations division here at STRIVE Recruitment. Jose is originally from the beautiful, vibrant county of Mexico, however, has been residing in British Columbia for over ten years and now calls Vancouver home. Jose brings over five years of sales and customer service experience to the STRIVE Recruitment team which he gained from several industries including fashion, recruitment, and media.

In his previous Recruitment role, Jose focused on hiring for positions within the operations field before transitioning into supporting inbound clients. Jose joined STRIVE Recruitment to continue his career path within the recruitment industry and build genuine relationships with clients and candidates alike.

In his spare time, Jose enjoys kayaking for long hours, camping, swimming, and exploring the various remote cities BC has to offer.

Sarah Monahan

Sarah is our Account Manager within the Manufacturing and Operations division here at STRIVE Recruitment. Sarah brings years of experience in the Food Manufacturing Industry and Customer Service to the team alongside a bachelor’s degree in food science & Health from the University of Limerick.

Sarah got the travel bug over two years ago and decided to head to Vancouver with her partner & friends and has not looked back since. Sarah is determined, always enthusiastic and has a never say die attitude. Sarah prides herself on building and nurturing relationships. She comes to STRIVE new to the recruitment space but is determined to make a difference from the get-go. She has always thrived working in a fast-paced environment, so naturally, recruitment felt like the next step in furthering her career path.

In Sarah’s spare time she can be found chilling at Sunset beach in the summer with friends, walking the seawall or planning her next trip or festival. Sarah is an avid foodie and can often be found in the kitchen blaring grime or disco while testing new recipes or visiting one of Vancouver’s many great restaurants that it has to offer.

Kim Tocher

Kim Tocher is the Managing Partner of STRIVE Recruitment and has over 17 years of experience in the staffing industry. Kim has worked her way up from a Staffing Consultant/Recruiter to a Vice President of one of the largest staffing firms in the world. She has provided staffing solutions to companies across Ontario, specifically in the manufacturing and logistics world. She has had 5 branches report to her in the Southwestern Ontario market, including a special projects team. Kim is an expert in customizing recruitment solutions to meet the needs of her customers, with experience in RPO, MSP, SME and large accounts.

She is known for being a people-oriented leader who builds trust with her teams. Giving back to the community is important to Kim. She has been volunteering with the Breakfast Club of Canada for over 10 years.

Outside of the office, you can find Kim at the arena or ball field. She plays co-ed hockey with her husband every Saturday in a beer league. Plus both her kids Liam and Hannah play hockey in the Hamilton area. In the summer she is busy watching her kids play rep baseball and flag football; and enjoying the weekends at her trailer.